Letter from the Program Director

Dear Prospective Resident,

As Program Director of the Department of Ophthalmology at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, I am dedicated to continuing to improve our residents’ education and experience.  The program is fortunate to have a leadership and faculty who are active in and supportive of our missions of patient care and resident education.

While our faculty to resident ratio is very high, it is the enthusiasm and talent of our attending physicians that is truly responsible for the education that our residents receive. It is this enthusiasm and warmth that attracted me to this program when I first rotated here as a medical student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, some ten years ago. While this culture has not changed, many other aspects of the program have been actively improved.

Cataract surgery is now introduced to our residents starting in the first weeks of their second year, made possible by our affiliation with the nearby St. Barnabas Hospital. Since January 2017, third year residents have enjoyed performing the majority of their cataract and oculoplastic surgeries at the Empire State Ambulatory Surgery Center, an affiliation which has allowed us to increase our number of surgeries due to improved efficiency. The marked expansion of our optometry department, including its residency program with four residents per year, has increased our patient volume and has resulted in a higher rate of surgical referrals.

Our current plans include the expansion of our clinic space within the hospital, as well as the initiation of our newly-approved transitional year program. This program will have six positions and will be divided between the Ophthalmology and Family Medicine Departments. The transitional year program will serve as an opportunity to expand practical experience in ophthalmology to almost three and a half years.

Our department’s approach to resident training has always been coupled with active growth and improvement, and we look forward to continuing on this path for many years to come.

Thank you for your interest in our program!

Nathan Nataneli, MD
Residency Program Director
Department of Ophthalmology
Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center
1650 Selwyn Avenue, Suite 1-C
Bronx, NY 10457
718-960-2041
718-960-2045 fax